Racing flags are used to communicate messages to the participants in auto, motorcycle, and other forms of racing. The flags are usually waved by the Starter or Grand Marshall near the start/finish line. This individual is typically elevated on a flag stand which raises them above the racers so the flags are clearly visible. Track Marshals are also positioned throughout the track with racing flags to communicate other messages to racers as they navigate the course. In addition to their practical use in racing, these flags are also used by automotive-themed businesses as decorative items that help give their business the racing look and feel.
Our authentic racing flags are made in the United States and are finished with an open canvas pole heading. The auto racing flags measure 24" x 30" and come with a 3/4" x 30" mounting pole, while the motorcycle flags measure 30" x 30" and come with a 3/4" x 36" mounting pole.
Racing Flags Meanings
The solid yellow flag signals to racers to slow down and proceed with caution. Typically, this flag is waved when there is some interference on the track such as an accident, weather hazard, or the presence of debris. Different waving patterns can communicate different messages to racers and these waving patterns can differ amongst different racing organizations. In formula one racing, for example, a single wave indicates interference on the track, while two waving yellow flags indicates that the track is blocked and the racer should prepare to stop.
The black and white checkered flag is waved at the finish line to signal the end of the race. The winner of the race is the first racer to drive past the checkered flag, thus the phrase, "Taking the Checkered Flag" means to wind the race. After passing the checkered flag, racers know that they must return to a safe speed. The checkered flag design is comprised of rows of alternating black and white squares. There is no pre-determined number of columns or rows specified for a checkered racing flag.
The solid black flag signals to drivers to leave the track. Typically, this flag is waved when officials determine that a racer has broken the rules, however, it can also be used when a racer is struggling with mechanical damage to their vehicle that is a hazard to other competitors in the race, such as leaking fluids or loose body panels.
The solid white flag generally signals to drivers the start of the races final lap. It is used for this purpose in NASCAR and INDYCAR races, however, in other racing, the flag can also serve different meanings. In some races, for example, the white flag is waved as a caution to signal that an official car is traveling at slow speeds.
The solid green flag is waved by the starter at the starting line to indicate the start of the race. If the flag is waved during the race, this indicates that the race must be re-started. Similarly, when the green flag is displayed in front of the pits, it indicates that they are open for entry. In keeping with its purpose, the phrase, "Green Flag Conditions" are a racing term that indicates that a race is not delayed.
The solid red flag signals to drivers to stop when the circumstances of the track are too dangerous for the race to continue. Typically, this flag is waved when officials determine that a racer has broken the rules, however, it can also be used when a racer is struggling with mechanical damage to their vehicle that is a hazard to other competitors in the race, such as leaking fluids or loose body panels.
The solid blue flag signals to drivers to move to the outside when a faster car is approaching until the other car has passed. In auto racing this flag features has a diagonal orange stripe. Generally, it is considered proper etiquette to allow another racer to pass, however, this flag is sometimes referred to as a "courtesy flag" since although it is proper courtesy to allow another driver to pass, it is not always required by the rules.
White Flag with Red Cross
The White Flag with a Red Cross is used in motorcycle racing to indicate that medical attention is required or that there is an ambulance on the race track. Often times, the waving of this flag is followed by the waving of a red flag to stop the race in the event of a serious medical emergency.
Auto Racing Flags
Motorcycle Racing Flags
We offer durable nylon checkered flags in 4 different colors and 7 different sizes. In addition to our popular checkered pole and racing flags, we offer checkered car flags and checkered feather flags. These flags are a great addition to any racing flag collection and are a great way to decorate any automotive themed business.